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Scottish Cup semi-final: Aberdeen v Celtic – build-up

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Summary

  1. Celtic unbeaten in domestic cups since April 2016
  2. Aberdeen lost to Parkhead side in three of last five domestic finals
  3. Pittodrie team beat Rangers to reach semis; Celtic knocked out Hibs
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Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Doesn’t matter who we face – Levein

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Hearts manager Craig Levein was under pressure ahead of yesterday’s semi-final thanks to his side’s recent indifferent form and Edinburgh derby defeat last weekend but is now within touching distance of his first silverware as a player or manager.

    He’ll no doubt be an interested spectator this afternoon, but asked who he wants to face in the final, told BBC Scotland: “I’ve no idea who is going to win and it doesn’t really matter for us.”

    Levein relishing first Scottish Cup final

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    Video caption: Watch: Levein happy to face Aberdeen or Celtic in final
  2. Pressure mounting – Lennon

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Interim Celtic manager Neil Lennon is pretty relaxed about the pressure mounting on himself and his players as they approach a historic milestone.

    “They have done a double Treble,” he said. “Can they do a treble Treble? They have four games to do that and it won’t easy – the closer you get, the more difficult it becomes.

    “But they’ve handled that pretty well.”

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    Video caption: Celtic players can handle treble treble pressure – Lennon
  3. Campbell & May start for Dons

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Aberdeen also make two changes, with 18-year-old midfielder Dean Campbell and striker Stevie May starting in place of suspended captain Graeme Shinnie and injured former Celtic forward Niall McGinn.

    Campbell has recovered from the foot injury he picked up against Motherwell last
    week to make only his third start – and ninth appearance – for Derek McInnes’ side.

    Aberdeen's Dean Campbell at Hampden Park

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    Image caption: Dean Campbell played in last month’s 0-0 draw at Celtic Park
  4. Lustig & Hayes in for Celtic

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Celtic make two changes following the 0-0 draw with Livingston last weekend, with Mikael Lustig returning to the defence in place of the benched Filip Benkovic, while former Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes takes over from Tom Rogic in midfield.

    Kieran Tierney continues at left-back amid Sunday newspaper reports he will have to miss Scotland’s June matches against Cyprus and Belgium to rest up and recover from a pelvic problem.

    Celtic's Callum McGregor, captain Scott Brown and Jonny Hayes

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    Image caption: Jonny Hayes (right) starts for Celtic. Captain Scott Brown (centre) is immune to the Hampden chill.
  5. ‘Every game an audition’ for Lennon

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Today’s Scottish Cup semi-final is being billed as yet another part of Neil Lennon’s selection process as he bids to become Celtic manager on a permanent basis.

    Lose and the treble Treble of domestic silverware that seemed Brendan Rodgers’ destiny before Lennon’s fellow Northern Irishman switched to Leicester City will be gone.

    With it might also go the interim manager’s chances of staying in the job, suggests BBC Scotland’s chief sports writer, Tom English.

    “Lennon is mad keen on the job, but it’s fair to say that supporters, in general, are a little torn,” he suggests.

    “If not Lennon, then who? That’s not an easy question to answer. Lennon’s job on Sunday, and beyond, is to keep on winning thereby reducing the number of people asking it.”

  6. Dons to Trump Celtic?

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Celtic fans have been having fun with this tweet from 2013 ahead of today’s semi-final.

    This was before Donald Trump’s bid for political world domination and amid controversy over his golf course near Aberdeen.

    Would the Dons fans welcome the United States president’s support again?

  7. Radio & TV coverage

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Sportsound is under way on BBC Radio Scotland (all frequencies) and will provide live commentary of today’s match at Hampden.

    Later, there will be highlights of the semi-final on Sportscene on the BBC Scotland channel and iPlayer from 19:15 BST.

    BBC mic

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  8. LINE-UPS from Hampden Park

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Aberdeen: Lewis, Ball, Considine, McKenna, Lowe, Ferguson, Campbell, Stewart, McLennan, May, Cosgrove.

    Substitutes: Cerny, Gleeson, Wilson, Halford, Devlin, Ross, Vertanen.

    Celtic: Bain, Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Forrest, Hayes, Edouard.

    Substitutes: De Vries, Toljan, Sinclair, Rogic, Ntcham, Weah, Benkovic.

  9. Hearts beat strong after break

    FT: Heart of Midlothian 3-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Hearts are one game away from lifting the Scottish Cup for a ninth time having reached their first final since 2012 by beating Caley Thistle 3-0 yesterday.

    Here’s the goals, which all all came after the break, from Uche Ikpeazu, John Souttar and Sean Clare.

    Read the match report here.

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    Video caption: Watch: Hearts reach 15th Scottish Cup final after 3-0 win over Inverness
  10. Who will face Hearts in final?

    Aberdeen v Celtic (14:00)

    Hearts await. We’ll learn today whether Aberdeen or holders Celtic will join them.

    Lifting the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park on 25 May is their goal.

    Stay with us for the build-up, live commentary and post-match reaction from this afternoon’s semi-final at the national stadium. Kick-off is an hour away.

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon

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    Image caption: Derek McInnes’ Dons drew 0-0 at Celtic Park in their last meeting in March

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